Staying Focused on Your Goals

Just because we are praying and doing good today doesn’t mean we will be praying and doing good in the future. For example, those that were doing da’wah 10 years ago, few have survived. People that were once practicing, now no longer practice or no longer seek ilm (knowledge).

Especially those that aren’t married and aren’t working full time, these things will eat into a person’s life so they need to always be sharp and make the most of their time. They need to realise that life isn’t always the same and to be prepared for challenges.

We Will Be Asked About Every Moment

Don’t make money your goal. Saving up for the sole purpose of this life, for example, having your own house and so on is designed to take a person away from the remembrance of Allah.

It’s important to work but balance is also important. And what do most people do with their money? Build great projects for their akhirah? Or save and save and save and then…?

Think carefully. We will be asked about every moment so use it in the obedience of Allah as much as possible. Do what you need to financially without it being at the expense of getting closer to Allah. We can’t read a juz (chapter) of the Qur’an a day but we can do extra hours preparation at home for work.

Make Your Goals To Seek The Pleasure of Allah

A sheikh mentioned that a person who doesn’t get used to going through things again and again, will never be able to learn new things.

If your goal is to understand, to draw closer to Allah, then you shouldn’t worry about which books you have been through, or how many, or that people know how much you’ve studied, or you have certificates or you’ve been through a book once.

Make your goals to seek the pleasure of Allah and then to remove ignorance. Don’t worry about what people think.

Having Lofty Goals In Our Lives

What are you leaving behind when you leave this dunya? What will your legacy be? How will your rank be raised?

The first step is having a goal and finding a role model. If we’ve never thought of a legacy then we are far away from the people of the past that we claim to follow.

This is what is meant by not giving the dunya too much importance.

When have we ever read the people of the past said we want to memorise Qur’an as our lofty goal? Umar bin Abdul Aziz (ra) would say he wanted to be the leader of the Muslim ummah! And he got it.